there you are.
that’s an example of brevity.
in a very brevity outfit! LOL.
brev – i – ty
1. concise and exact use of words in writing or speech
2. shortness of time; briefness
hello old bean.
you know how i’m always saying
“but i digress . . . “
and then i get off subject
and i drone on and on and on.
see. right there. just two ons would have been plenty.
i’m here to tell you old bean.
something’s got to change.
i don’t like that i talk too much.
it gets irritating. even to me. for pete’s sake.
and when i say
“but i digress” . . . as if it’s something really cute
or something witty . . .
well. it’s not.
some people do it occasionally. it’s fine.
i do it all the time. not fine.
TIME FOR A CHANGE.
the tea ceremony.
an experience in awareness.
and appreciation of simplicity in all things.
i don’t know what’s wrong with the little bird on the end.
bad cookie i guess.
i have always been attracted to certain aspects
of the Asian cultures.
especially zen. and the tao.
not as religions.
actually they are more philosophies of living than religions.
very interesting to study.
the stream that runs throughout each one
awareness. serenity. simplicity.
i got very excited once.
our public library had a flyer “learn the japanese tea ceremony”
i have ALWAYS wanted to learn that!
so. i signed up.
the first class was held in a room at the library.
nothing about tea ceremony. just an introduction of sorts.
only about 5 people showed up. i felt a little sorry for the presenters.
or whomever they were.
such a small turnout.
the next classes were held in their home.
the man did the teaching. the lady ~ his wife ~ served tea.
during the class she would excuse herself and then return
with a little tray. and tiny cups of green tea. and . . .
the most exquisite little cookies you can imagine.
the tea sometimes tasted like a grassy field in spring
and sometimes it tasted like flower blossoms.
it was always rather enchanting.
i kept going for about 7 lessons
and soon i was their only ‘student’.
the others had caught on faster i assume.
they never got around
to the tea ceremony.
they were teaching the whatever you’d call it ~ the teachings i guess
of the late reverend sun myung moon ! ! !
with a little origami thrown in. LOL.
which is all fine. it’s just not what i’d signed up for.
when i finally caught on i politely told them i came for the
the man apologized and said he hoped i hadn’t been mislead
and would i forgive them.
i forgave them and left.
and good grief charlie brown!
did i ever digress there.
man. see? some things are so hard to break!
like addictions to hot fudge sundaes. X@#$%
that’s my new way of swearing.
i seem to be two people.
if i revere simplicity so much
how come i was ‘cursed?’ with the ‘gift?’ of gab!
i revere quiet. and serene. and natural.
and i don’t like loud. and big. and complicated.
but there i can be
in the middle of it all
like a new me growing up through the cold winter snow.
(which we’ve had none of this winter)
i’m going to work on some inner growth
and some annoying talking and writing habits
in the next few weeks.
and hope it sticks.
one good practice for brevity
especially in writing
is . . .
found this on the internet. looking for modern examples of haiku.
not the best.
but you get the idea.
i discovered haiku in highschool.
and wrote a lot of it.
i still love it.
and i sometimes still write it. just to get back on track.
it rests my soul.
you probably are familiar with it.
a set form of poetry.
non rhyming. captures the feeling. the fleeting moment.
in few words and as succinctly as possible.
three lines of syllables 5 ~ 7 ~ 5
my favorites are the ancient ones
especially . . . basho’s.
and you can find them on amazon or your local library
if you’re interested.
there are some contemporaries like this one
below who incorporate it with drawings or paintings.
someday i’ll share some of my own with you.
it’s fun. and relaxing. and rewarding.
you might like to try it yourself if you haven’t already!
it teaches one to distill your thoughts and choose the
very best ones.
i need that discipline.
this rambling post is proof of that.
i am going to break from the blog for awhile.
and from commenting on other blogs.
and i’m going to be quiet.
not a hypertension thing as before.
that was scary! and i was sick with it.
no. this is just because i am
TIRED of hearing my own voice ~ on here ~ and elsewhere.
i’ll still be reading all of your blogs. and loving them as i do.
this virtual world of friends i have now is dear to me.
and a big part of my day.
i’m just going to take a serenely silent ‘spa day’
for however long it takes ~
to change an old overly talkative habit.
they say any habit can be changed.
think i’ll be hanging out here in my mind.
i know. i always pick places with water ~ the sea.
well. you would too if you lived in a state that’s in severe and extreme
drought. and has been for the last two years . . .
and said to be going into three.
‘they’ say we’re to get rain tomorrow.
cross your fingers. cross EVERYTHING you can cross.
we need it so badly. and they’ve been wrong too many times.
where’s the brevity tam? where’s the brevity?
gonna go put on my brevity and paint something !
love to you old bean. til then.